[A-List] Re the "beyond" in "beyond fascism."
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Tue Apr 24 13:40:11 MDT 2007
> It is not that global Islamist terrorism is not a severe danger; of
> course it is. I am arguing rather that the language used to convey the
> nature of the threat is different in a country such as Spain - which has
> also suffered violent terrorist attacks - than it is in America. Spanish
> citizens know that they face a grave security threat; what we as
> American citizens believe is that we are potentially threatened with the
> end of civilisation as we know it. Of course, this makes us more willing
> to accept restrictions on our freedoms.
"The end of civilization as we know it" or "our way of life" is being
threatened with destruction, was of course the moral rally point of the Southern
Impendence Movement and then the Confederate States of America (CSA), and this
secessionist movement is what ushered in the Civil War in America. The
"outsider in our midst" is a powerful tool for any government. When combined with a
grave external threat . . . after the country has been told it is being put
on a war footing, spells political fascism.
The fascist can be defeated and will be defeated. The question is in what
frame of time?
What is emerging in America is something very different than the huge Civil
Rights Movement or the much smaller and less significant, anti-war protest of
the late 1960's and early 1970's.
A revolutionary period is opening. Our specific problem is that left and
right - indeed all social forces are compelled to attack the Constitution, from
different directions, because it cannot articulate the striving of all the
various social forces at play. That is why we had a Civil War.
The communists and progressives fail to articulate that the fight is not
against property rights, but over whose will prevails concerning how property
rights are understood at this juncture of our history. And this is flat out a
class issue, that may not come to the fore, until late in a Constitutional
crisis, which we are headed for.
American history is instructive. The Civil War was not fought to free slaves
but to defeat the politics of the Slave Power. Unable to militarily defeat
the Slave Power ,the Emancipation Proclamation was proclaimed and the slaves
were freed in stages.
The point is that if our line of fire is not the most rigid doctrine of
class and political power for proletarians, the social process in its
intellectual life, can not pass through its stages of growth and awareness. Bush W.
social basis is virtually non existent and his political basis is even more
He is a fascist and must be labeled as such and he is vulnerable today.
The issue is tricky because we are faced with the question of political
liberties, which is slowly becoming clear to the intelligencia, and not simply
democracy as it is understood in America. The banner of democracy remains the
banner of the counterrevolution. Democracy without political liberties has
always been the calling card of the fascist movement. This was the banner of the
Southern impendence Movement and the Confederate States of America and is
Bush W. program for today. The model is Greek and Roman slave democracies. The
concept of democracy without liberty. Jefferson concept was liberty without
The fight for mass democracy in America is a battle for political liberty
and the African American is at its core.
We cannot get around this issue and our forefathers in the abolitionist
movement took the issue head on.
Emancipation arose out of the fight to preserve the union. So will
Far to many of us read history form a middle class point of view of
Today we must learn how to talk about political liberties as the meaning of
Macdonald was correct; those not paying attention, would have in history
supported the Southern Movement for Independence and slavery and the Confederate
States of America (CSA) because it was in fact a democratic movement fully
within the bounds of the American Constitution. The right of nations to self
determination - on the part of the CSA, was resisted and defeated and that was
the right thing to do. .
And they were wrong.
The fight for political liberty exceeds the boundary of the contradiction
between worker and capitalists.
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